I found running initially as a way to stay active after high school team sports. I studied biomechanics and became infatuated with the idea of developing my professional life around the science of running medicine. Alongside my journey through physical therapy school, I ran and ran while listening to lecture upon lecture about physiology, anatomy, and the kinematics of the moving human body. After starting my early career in Chicago as an Orthopedic Physical Therapist, I knew that I wanted to specialize in helping others on their running journey with a central emphasis on staying injury free. This sparked my cross country journey to Portland! I currently work at progressive outpatient physical therapy practice where I work as a physical therapist, coach, and personal trainer. Having had many injuries myself at the beginning of my running journey, I understand the importance of managing your running load in relation to a busy outside life to keep your body happy and healthy. I have run distances from 5k to 60ish (oh trail races!), and I spend most of my current days planning and executing adventures in the wild. I’m a good fit for you if you run for health and well-being, love to be outdoors, and are looking for a safe, healthy way to achieve a running or adventure goal!
My number one emphasis as a coach is “managing training load”. I work to help athletes make slow, graded progressions in training to allow for tissue adaptation and physiological change. I prefer longer training cycles with slow builds. I encourage a long aerobic base training phase that emphasizes a lot of easy running to allow your body to acquire fitness without sacrificing health and recovery.
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